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Next steps for new buildings

There are several steps the District must take before breaking any ground. 

Since January of 2017, the Board, district administrators, staff, students and members of the public have been working together to create designs for the new buildings.

Curriculum Director Melissa Mlakar conducted focus groups with teachers, students and community members to gather input from all stakeholders regarding the design and function of the new buildings. Members of the focus groups have been meeting bi-weekly to discuss the new facilities. 

In addition, board members and district administrators visited several new schools across Ohio to get a feeling for different designs, floorplans and classrooms. 

On March 21, 2017, The District hired a Construction Manager at Risk (ICON) using funds from Issue 5. The District is also working with Fanning Howey, an architecture, engineering and interior design firm to help with the new facilities.  
Sites for new schools announced

The Riverside Local School District’s Board of Education voted to purchase land at 12428 Concord-Hambden Road in Concord Township to build an elementary school following the passing of the District’s bond issue in November.

The Bond Issue allows the District to construct two larger elementary schools while closing Hadden, Hale Road, Leroy and Madison Avenue elementary schools, which are a combined 346-years-old and have become increasingly expensive to repair each year.

The sites for the elementary schools will be the current Madison Avenue site in Painesville Township and the Concord-Hambden Road site in Concord Township. The estimated timeline to open the schools to students is August 2019.

“Our goal was to find a suitable location in the southeastern portion of the District,” superintendent James Kalis said. “Since last winter, we considered more than 20 properties within the District and we are very pleased to move forward with these two sites.”

The price to purchase the property, which is 10 acres, was $325,000, which will come from funds from the Bond Issue. The District will begin looking at possible designs for the two elementary schools before breaking ground.

“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but we are excited to move forward with these locations,” added Riverside’s Board President Jennifer Harden. “The entire District will benefit from these high quality buildings to create a stronger sense of community, improve home values, attract new families and most importantly, develop and educate the youth of our community to prepare them for a successful future.”
District Facilities Plan

The Riverside Board of Education voted to approve - and move forward with - the District's Facilities Plan in February of 2016 which consists of a three-phase plan to build new schools.

The District’s Facilities Committee created a plan to solve the issues of declining enrollment and worsening conditions of all the current facilities within the district.

The District Facilities Plan is a three phase plan:

Phase I - In November of 2016, the District passed a 1.92-mill bond levy (Issue 5) that will raise $38 million to construct two larger elementary schools while closing Hale Road, Hadden, Leroy and Madison Avenue elementary schools upon completion of the new construction. The new buildings will be located at the current Madison Avenue site in Painesville Township and 12428 Concord-Hambden Road in Concord Township.

Phase II - Raise approximately $77 million which would require the passage of approximately a 4.3-mill bond levy (at a later date) for construction purposes that would construct a new 6-12 campus (a 6-8 Middle School and a 9-12 High School).

Phase III - Repurpose LaMuth Middle School into an elementary school that would require no additional funding and then close Melridge Elementary and/or Buckeye Elementary (depending on enrollment at that time).

In conclusion, the District would have three elementary schools at about 600 to 650 students each and a 6-12 campus.

An estimated timeline would have Phase I being completed by August of 2019. 

The District scheduled informational community meetings at each school in the District to inform residents about the Facilities Plan in the Spring of 2016. Those meetings were open to the public where participants were encouraged to ask questions about the plan.

Throughout the summer and the fall of 2016, the district held more than 30 smaller community/neighborhood meetings to discss this plan with interested residents.
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